German Cops' Union Boss Issues Tired Plea to Ban Games

Heini Schmitt (pictured), head of the Hessen German Police Union, spouts ignorance about "killerworlds" and "killergames," two terms I've never heard before, but apparently describe a grave public health and safety menace in Germany.

Of course, that's where there was as shooting rampage (amoklauf) nearly a couple weeks back, which because it involved a teenager, meant video games were somehow responsible. Even though Schmitt acknowledges a lack of proof that "that these frequent escapes into virtual killerworlds can contribute to such insane deeds," he goes for a lower standard - probable cause! - in justifying their outright elimination.

From a translation provided by GamePolitics (by EchoOnline):

When a chance to remove a probable cause exists, it must be used, insisted the chief of the national police union. "The world would be no poorer if there were no more killergames."

You can speak any language and see the logical extreme here. The world would be no poorer for the absence of a lot of things. It certainly would be more bland, though.

Head of German Police Union Calls For Ban on Violent Video Games [


    The problem that correlates sudden violence with video game play is a little known feature of the physiology of sight discovered and solved forty years ago. The cubicle has prevented Subliminal Distraction in offices since 1968.

    The Virginia Tech, Redlake School, Joleka School, and Atlanta Day Trader killers all created the problem.

    The Finnish National Police published a picture of Auvinen's home computer showing how he did it. The computer was beside a closet door mirror so that every time he moved his reflection provided threat-movement in peripheral vision for a subliminal attempt to trigger the startle reflex.

    I have contacted Virginia Tech, the Finnish Police, and now the German Police. But no one believes this problem the first time they hear it.

    If you want to stop these murders join me by contacting the three agencies and asking that Subliminal Distraction be investigated as the cause of the shooting.

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